Kishoreganj: Shah Mahmud Mosjid(শাহ মাহমুদ মসজিদ)

Friday, 07 June 2013

Egarosindur(এগারোসিন্দুর) of Kishoreganj(কিশোরগঞ্জ) is a historical place from Bangladesh. Lot of fairy tales and stories are available along with those historical incidents. But apart from these things, the village has a marvelous ancient mosque named Shah Mahmud Mosjid(শাহ মাহমুদ মসজিদ). After a mouthwatering lunch at the Hotel Niribili(তোতা মিয়ার হোটেল) I came to the Goyalghat(গোয়ালঘাট) of Egaroshindor(এগারোসিন্দুর) village. It was a 10 minutes of Auto Rickshaw journey. The mosque was very near from there.

This is a square shaped mosque having each sides with a measurement of 5.79m. It doesn't have any inscription but we believe that it was built during 1680 by a rich merchant named Sheikh Shah Mahmud(শেখ শাহ মাহমুদ). It was built over a slight higher platform which is bounded with a lower wall. There is a Do-Chala(দো-চালা) roof house is available at the eastern side of the mosque, and the entrance is passes through that house. A small pond is available at the eastern side of the mosque.

The mosque has a very large dome at the top. Four corners of the mosque are having octagonal columns and the middle of the walls are having eight small columns(each wall two). The Shah Mahmud mosque has stylish terracotta at the eastern wall. Also it has expensive(considering that period) decoration at the top of the walls, columns and mini-minarets.

How to Go:

Shah Mahmud Mosque(শাহ মাহমুদ মসজিদ) is located at the Egarosindur(এগারোসিন্দুর) village of Pakundia Upozila(পাকুন্দিয়া উপজেলা) of Kishoreganj(কিশোরগঞ্জ) district. You can visit the mosque from Dhaka, or from Kishoreganj(কিশোরগঞ্জ). In either cases its easy to find the mosque.

1) First come to the Goyalghat(গোয়ালঘাট) of Egarosindur(এগারোসিন্দুর). GPS Coordinate of Goyalghat is (24°15'45.64"N, 90°39'23.85"E).

     a) If you are from Dhaka, then use the bus of Jolshiri(জলসিড়ি) or Ononna(অনন্যা) of Kishoreganj(কিশোরগঞ্জ) district, or use the bus Bonna(বন্যা) of Nandail(নান্দাইল). All are available from Mohakhali(মহাখালী) Bus stand. Bus fare will be around 130 taka. Just inform the bus helper to drop you at Goyalghat(গোয়ালঘাট).

     b) If you are from Kishoreganj(কিশোরগঞ্জ) then you have to use CNG auto rickshaw from Kishoreganj(কিশোরগঞ্জ) to Pakundia(পাকুন্দিয়া). And then use again CNG auto rickshaw or Battery driven auto rickshaw to reach Goyalghat(গোয়ালঘাট) from Pakundia(পাকুন্দিয়া). The fare will be 30 + 25, in total 55 taka.

2) You can have a walk or use any rickshaw to reach near the mosque from Goyalghat(গোয়ালঘাট). The mosque is very near from Goyalghat(গোয়ালঘাট).

GPS coordinate of the mosque is (24°15'40.94"N, 90°39'49.77"E).

Western side of the Shah Mahmud Mosque.

Base of a column.

Partial view of the mosque.

Very simple design ornate atop.

A closer look towards the dome of the mosque.

View of the mosque from the other side of the pond.

People are gathered for the Friday prayer.

Shah Mahmud Mosque,
Egaro Shindur, Pakundia,
Kishoreganj District,